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If it runs like a duck…

Here I am all geared up for the inaugural Duck Dash 5K.

Here I am all geared up for the inaugural Duck Dash 5K.

I stepped outside yesterday and was greeted by the first rays of sunlight, a beautiful sky and crisp morning air. I said it was going to be a great day for a run.

Down on the riverfront, a frigid breeze chilled me to the bones. The clouds looked like they could bring rain. I said it was a good day to be a duck.

I was right on both counts.

Hundreds had gathered for the very first Duck Dash. It’s a new series of 5K races to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Our host for the event was none other that Jep Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.

And it was an event that would make any redneck proud. Nearly everyone wore camo. I saw one runner in waders. It was a shotgun start, with a real shotgun. I was feeling pretty smart for wearing my safety orange. And everyone was sporting beards — men, women and children. Yes, it was a wild and wooly affair.

I have experienced a lot of firsts in running. Probably because before I started running I said it was the last thing I would do.

I remember my first 5K. One of the last landmarks on the route was a cemetery. I thought someone was trying to tell me something. But I kept running anyway. My first half marathon was also the Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon event. I think it’s cool that the first medal I earned says “Inaugural” on it. Almost a year ago I ran my first marathon. There was my first 10K and my first trail run. Yes, running has been a series of real adventures.

Running has taught me there are times to take training seriously and push yourself farther than you thought you could go. But there are other times to be willing to laugh at yourself and let your hair down, even if it is just a fake beard.

Yesterday was definitely one of those days.

Check out more photos from the Duck Dash here.

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8 Responses

  1. Maribeth Anderson

    Another good, thought-provoking piece. Trying new things brings a new outlook on the old things, too. Being open to something different is a good chance to discover more about ourselves.

  2. Wow! I think you and I have raced together – not that I would have recognized you from your picture, but I’m pretty sure I ran that first R’n’R Mardi Gras – I think, tho, I’m not sure I like that they called it an “Inaugural” since R’n’R simply “bought” the race from the group that used to hold it, and I ran that one once, too.

    I’m trying to figure out whether to run this year’s race. I’m leaning towards not, but you never know!


    • Scott Anderson

      I understand how you feel. I just liked that my medal said inaugural since it was my inaugural race. But I do know that race was in existence before RnR took it on. As for running it next year, I say go for it. Of all the races I have run, it’s the only one I have repeated.

      • Scott,
        Yes, but I HATE running the cobbles on Esplanade! They HURT by that point in the race. I have to look up the timing, too. I now live in the area, which actually makes it more difficult than taking a weekend away and coming down here. (I’ve run the race once before it became R’n’R and twice since; it wasn’t my first half).

  3. Trying new things is the only way we learn in life. Sometimes what we try doesn’t work and is chalked up to a “well… never going to do THAT again!” experience. But sometimes we find those gems that enrich our lives and just make it more enjoyable. Happy to hear you’ve found that with running!

  4. What a fun sounding race…I have just decided to start running recently (although walking is more like it for the moment). Thanks for a little inspiration.

    Visiting from UBC

  5. all the best for your run. running is something that i do in gym. i am trying to build my stamina for this long runs

  6. Sarah Connolly

    You know how I feel about 5ks, and my running in general, and this is the one race where I thought I might have liked to run it. Thanks for letting me run vicariously through you! 🙂

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